Video | I adopted a cat!

This is my Daisy. 🌼 She was rescued from the streets of Dubai. My best guess is she was abandoned by an Expat who had decided to leave the UAE for good. It’s unfortunately common here, which is why it was recently made illegal. Irresponsible pet owners who don’t register or take care of their pets or abandon them now face legal consequences.

Thankfully, she was rescued by a group of wonderful animal advocates and foster families called Pet Adoptions - JVC. I got these photos from Daisy's foster mom, Rasika, on the day she was rescued and taken to the vet for the first time.

Pet Adoptions - JVC holds cat and kitten Adoption Days every Friday from 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM at Furry Friends, Jumeirah Village Circle (JVC). It's so convenient to adopt from them because their adoptable cats and kittens have already been:

  • vaccinated (rabies, feline distemper, rhinotracheitis, and calicivirus)

  • spayed/neutered

  • dewormed

  • FIV / Coronavirus checked

  • and checked for any other vet-recommended tests, and

  • provided with a pet passport

The foster parents and families like Louise and Rasika are also present to answer your questions regarding the cat's real character as it is challenging to see the real personalities of kittens and cats during adoption days or at shelters. They get overwhelmed by all the noise, sights, and scents of other cats and new people. Some hide in litter boxes or sit wide-eyed in the corner.

There are a few rambunctious cats and kittens that aren't bothered by it all. Daisy was definitely a shy one. Rasika reassured me that she's a perfect fit for my lifestyle and my tiny apartment. She asked that I be patient with Daisy as it might take one (1) to two (2) weeks before she warms up to me. Thankfully, it only took only 48 hours to begin enjoying her adorable character.

She is:

  • a 1-year old Turkish Angora mix, calico/tricolor

  • a very sweet, gentle, curious, loving and playful character

  • Shy at first. Super cuddly & tolerant. Good with kids and other cats

  • Vet checked, vaccinated, microchipped, dewormed and spayed

  • Rescued, adopted and fur-ever loved

I did not change her name because it fits the both of us perfectly. In Norse mythology, the daisy is the sacred flower of Freya, the goddess of love, beauty, and fertility. The flower became the symbol of childbirth, motherhood, and new beginnings. Daisies are, in fact, sometimes given to congratulate new mothers. I was given a "Daisy" and I became a meowmy (again). This is the cue for #catpeople to say "Awww!", and perhaps for others to roll their eyes to the back of their heads. LOL

I call her Daisy Waizy when she's cuddly; Crazy Daisy when she has the serious case of the zoomies -- running around the house at 100 km/h and jumping on me at 3:00 AM. I did give her an official second name.

Now, her full name is Daisy Marguerite Te. 🌼

Marguerite in French means daisy. She’s so awesome you have to say her name twice in two languages.

Daisy's Adoption Video

You can follow my little fluffy flower on Instagram, @DaisyCatDXB.

Would you be opening your homes to foster animals like Rasika and Louise?

What animal would you like to rescue/adopt (next)? I dream of getting Daisy a playmate. One day soon.

Love always,

#catmom Katie

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